Ten different DFI supported films selected for the 78th Venice Film Festival
August 24, 2021 – 9:17 am
Still from the movie “Don’t be too comfortable”
Doha: Ten films supported by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) have been selected to be screened at the Venice International Film Festival 2021 from September 1st to 11th, 2021. One of the largest selections of DFI-funded films shown at the festival, the diverse line-up includes six exciting works from the Arab world, including the first Yemeni film to be selected for the official short film competition.
Shaima Al Tamimi builds on DFI’s track record of bringing Arab talent to an international audience and is making history as the director of the first Yemeni film – Don’t Get Too Comfort – selected for competition at an international film event.
Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, DFI Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are incredibly proud to present ten DFI-sponsored films at the Venice Film Festival this year, underscoring our commitment to supporting emerging Arab talent and filmmakers from around the world . The selection includes thought-provoking works by new voices in global cinema and established names that offer new perspectives on life that reflect human hopes, longings and challenges.
“Our funding programs are designed to support emerging talent, engaging storytelling and unique storytelling styles, and there is no doubt these films are among the most anticipated projects in the region and beyond this year.
Their Venice debut marks the beginning of an exciting journey for all of these films and I congratulate the teams behind them on their participation in this prestigious festival. “
Three DFI-funded films compete in the Orizzonti segment of the festival: Atlantide (Italy, France, Qatar) by Italian director Yuri Ancarani, recipient of the Spring Grants 2020. Kavich Neang’s debut film and winner of the Spring Grant 2020 White Building (Cambodia, France, China , Qatar) explores the life changing moments of a young Phnom Penh man, from demolishing his lifelong home to social pressures.
The film “El Gran Movimiento” (Bolivia, France, Switzerland, Qatar) by Kiro Russo, recipient of the 2020 autumn scholarship, is set in the contemporary Bolivia mine.
The new sidebar program of the Venice Film Festival 2021, Orizzonti Extra, includes two projects supported by DFI, including the opening film Land of Dreams (USA, Germany, Qatar) by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari.
Diana El Jeiroudis Republic of Silence (Syria, Germany, France, Qatar), a 2016 autumn scholarship winner, will celebrate her premiere in the official segment outside of the competition.
Two films supported by the DFI were selected for the Final Cut, an initiative of the Venice Production Bridge that supports projects from African and Arab countries: Under The Fig Trees (Tunisia, Switzerland, Qatar, France) from 2021 Spring Grants 2021 recipient Erige Sehiri and The Mother of All Lies (Morocco, France, Qatar) Spring Grants recipient Asmae El Moudir until 2019. Syrian screenwriter, director and recipient of the 2019 Spring Grant, Ameer Fakher Eldin, is attending the Gionarte Degli Autori, an independent sidebar of the festival, with The Stranger (Syria, Qatar).